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General Familiarization Training

Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology organized a General Familiarization Course for Cessna 152 & 172, as well as for Continental Engine CD 135 known as TAE (Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH) – 125 – 02 – 99 in its Davao Campus and Hangar on August 26 and 27, 2017. The facilitator for General Familiarization for Cessna 152 & 172, Engr. De los Santos,  discussed the Aircraft ATA Chapter 100 dealing with the structures, fuselage, stabilizers, wings, propellers, power plant, engine control, engine exhaust, engine starting, oil, doors, windows, fuel, flight controls, electrical power, communication, lights, electrical power, landing gear and etc.. He also discussed the process of RTS (Return to Service) of an aircraft. Whilst, Engr. Teh explained every part and function of the Continental Diesel (CD) engine CD – 135 known as TAE (Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH) – 125 – 02 – 99, which is the only Cessna 172 diesel aircraft based in Mindanao. It is quality controlled with its highly advanced electronic system and uses a FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control). The continental diesel family engines by TMG (Technify Motors GmbH) based in Sankt Egidien, Germany is liquid cooled, turbo charged, in-line 4 cylinders & V6 common rail diesel engine, with 4 valve heads, Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) and controlled by the FADEC. These engines are operated through a single lever power control equipped with reduction gearbox, overload clutch, dual mass flywheel and variable pitch propeller. All engines can be operated with standard aviation jet fuel. Diesel engines do not have ignition systems which reduce maintenance requirement. What I like about this engine is its...

CAAP Meets with Davao Airport Concessionaires

CAAP Meets with Davao Airport Concessionaires The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines through the Corplan Business Unit Staffs, headed by Atty. Jerry Lerum conducted a meeting and orientation with the concession applicants at the CAAP Davao office on August 8, 2017. All the existing concessionaires in the Davao International Airport Terminal were invited to hear the presentation and proposal of the CAAP regarding the implementation of a more organized leasing arrangement between the CAAP and concessionaires. In line with this, CAAP is set to release a manual on lease agreements with concessionaires, which many will find refreshing, especially when longer lease terms are now a possibility. Most of the existing concessionaires have been relying on monthly rental agreements with the CAAP as the renewed contract for 2017 have not been released by the central office. This place many business owners in an uncertain position on whether to invest in their businesses for fear of non-renewal of contracts.     The Corplan Business Unit staff presented how they envision the Davao Airport to be a more pleasant terminal for visitors by zoning business activities as well as by increasing foot traffic in areas that do not get as much patronage due to the location of stalls. Some of the ideas that were brought up were the construction of commercial units in the parking area, to host convenient outlets or even refreshment stalls to cater to people who are waiting for passengers to arrive. The front portion of the terminal building will also be leased to ticketing offices for the convenience of passengers. The team also proposed to zone the...

Skype Guest Speaker from India

The class of JC2B of Ma’am Rizaly J. Malce based in Davao City, Philippines, had a guest speaker from India facilitated through Skype, where the guest speaker, through video call, talked about “Form of Government, Branch of Government, Women Empowerment in Politics”. The guest speaker, Arti Chopra, is the Principal of Amity International School S-46 Gurgaon, New Delhi, India. The platform is sponsored by Microsoft Education, where many other educational subjects and opportunities can be made by educators worldwide. Technology is indeed changing education and will even be more pervasive and evident in the future. Asian International School of Aeronautics & Technology is a school equipped with the latest technology and connected with high speed internet to facilitate learning and connect its students to the world. Skype Guest Speaker from India AISAT Bldg., Sta. Ana Avenue corner Leon Garcia St., Davao City, Philippines (082) 305 7992 /  (+63) 0947 778 8069...

Things You Need to Know About Air Traffic and Safety Navigation

Photo Credit: pexels.com Ever wondered how airplanes don’t seem to run into each other? Or why is it that every time you ride a plane, there is no other plane around? There is an air traffic and safety navigation system in place which is called an air traffic control system, filled with somewhat complicated air traffic equipment that only trained individuals are allowed to manipulate. Air traffic control or ATC is a service provided by trained personnel who direct aircraft on the ground and provide advisory services to active aircraft. The primary purpose of ATC is to prevent collisions, organize and expedite the flow of air traffic, and provide information and other support for pilots, such as the weather and its destination’s airport information. To prevent collisions, ATC enforces traffic separation rules, which ensure that each aircraft maintains a minimum amount of empty space around it at all times. Many aircraft also have collision avoidance systems, which provide additional safety by warning pilots when other aircraft get too close. The primary method of controlling the immediate airport environment is through visual observation from the airport control tower. The control tower is a tall, windowed structure located on the airport grounds.  Surveillance displays are also available to controllers at larger airports to assist with controlling air traffic. Controllers may use a radar system called secondary surveillance radar for airborne traffic approaching and departing. These displays include a map of the area, the position of various aircraft, and data tags that include aircraft identification, speed, altitude, and other information described in local procedures. In adverse weather conditions, the tower controllers may also use surface movement radar (SMR), surface movement guidance and control...

What is Aerodynamics?

Photo Credit: pexels.com Aerodynamics feels like such a big word but what is aerodynamics, really? And how can aerodynamics affect flight?  First things first, let’s define it. Aerodynamics, from the Greek words aerios, which means “concerning the air,” and dynamis, which means “force” is the way air moves around things. Aerodynamics in planes is explained through the forces surrounding it and its body structure as well. Read further and be enlightened! Lift When an airplane moves through the air, its weight causes the wings to push down. Because of this action, an opposite reaction occurs as air below the wings pushes them up. Pilots can adjust a wing’s angle to control how much air the wings push down; as wings push more air down, lift occurs. Airspeed, Ground Speed, and Wind Speed For lift to occur, a motion must exist between the wing and the air. The square of the velocity between the air and a wing determines its lift; the faster a plane moves through the air, the greater its lift. The Wright brothers designed their plane to fly when airspeed reached 35 mph. Because a 25 mph headwind was blowing into the plane as it traveled down the runway, it was able to lift off when its ground speed was only 10 mph. That’s because the 25 mph wind speed combined with the 10 mph ground speed to create an actual airspeed of 35 mph. Drag Drag, another aerodynamic force, opposes the aircraft’s motion through the air and attempts to slow it down. Induced drag near a plane’s wingtips also occurs because of the difference in pressure between...

What makes airplanes fly?

Photo Credit: pexels.com Ever wondered how can airplanes fly? Or are you just one of those who just takes it for granted, as long as you arrive at your destination? Nevertheless, it is very interesting to know the intricacies of what makes airplanes fly. You may have observed several planes taking off or landing, and the first thing that you’ll have noticed is the engine noise.  You might think that engines responsible for making planes fly, but you’re wrong. As you can see, paper planes and birds can fly without this stuff. A plane’s engine is designed to move it forward at a high speed which only helps to make it fly but is not totally responsible for keeping it up in the air. So really, what makes airplanes fly? Four forces keep an airplane in the sky. These are thrust, lift, drag and weight (or gravity). Thrust is the force that moves the airplane forward, care of the plane’s engine. This high speed from the thrust of the plane makes rapid air flow over the wings, which throw the air down toward the ground, generating an upward force called lift that overcomes the plane’s weight and holds it in the sky. Simply put, the lift pushes the airplane up. Wings make lift by changing the direction and pressure of the air that crashes into them as the engines shoot them through the sky. Remember, it’s the engines that move a plane forward, but the wings move it upward. The lift comes when the air below the airplane wing is pushing up harder than the air above it is pushing down. It is...

What are the Parts of an Airplane?

Photo Credit: pexels.com You may have just considered a plane as a means of transportation, but have you ever wondered what are the parts of an airplane? Read on to satisfy your curiosity on the different parts of an aircraft and their purposes as well. The body of the airplane, formally called fuselage, holds all of the pieces together which serves as a connecting point for all the airplane parts. This is where you will find the passengers and cargo. The wings are the primary lifting surfaces for the aircraft which produces aerodynamic force for the plane to go up. The airflow over the wing is what generates the vast majority of lifting force necessary for flight. It works to help in balancing and improving the aircraft’s stability when flying. The power plant or the engine generates the power or thrust for the aircraft which is a major component that allows the aircraft to move. The type of engine varies in accordance with the plane’s size. There are different types of engines but the two types that are widely used are turbofan and turbojet. The landing gear allows the aircraft to take-off, land, and taxi, and also provides shock absorbers to enable smooth landing and take-off. The empennage consists of the vertical stabilizer (the “tail” of the airplane) and the horizontal stabilizer or stabilator. It has the following sub-parts: The rudder is a movable piece of the vertical stabilizer that allows the airplane to turn left or right; it is connected to the foot pedals in the cockpit of the airplane The elevator is located on the rear part of the horizontal stabilizer. It...

All about landing safely

Photo Credit: pexels.com We know that planes go down upon finishing a flight, but the proper term for this is called an airplane landing. An airplane landing is the last part of a flight, where an aircraft returns to the ground. Aircraft usually land at an airport on a firm runway which is generally made of asphalt concrete, concrete, gravel or grass. Some aircraft are equipped with pontoons (a.k.a. floatplanes) or with a boat hull-shaped fuselage (a flying boat) which enables them to land on water. Sometimes it uses skis to land on snow or ice. To land, the pilot reduces the airspeed and the rate of descent to allow for a gentle touchdown. Landing is accomplished by slowing down and descending to the runway. The plane’s slowing down is accomplished by reducing thrust and/or inducing a greater amount of drag using flaps, landing gears or speed brakes. Are you curious about how to land? Here are all about landing safely from Mirror Online News UK: The captain usually sits in the left seat where the majority of instruments are. Seatbelts should be fastened and wear the shoulder harness if there is one. Level the aircraft. If the plane is noticeably ascending, descending, or turning, gently bring the plane into a level. Look for the altitude indicator. Sometimes called the artificial horizon, it consists of a miniature set of “wings” and a picture of the horizon. Turn on autopilot. Turn it on by pushing buttons labeled “AUTOPILOT” or “AUTO FLIGHT,” “AFS” or “AP” or similar. Call for help on the radio. Look for a hand-held microphone, which is normally to...

Why is it safer to travel by air than by land?

Photo Credit: pixabay.com Why is it safer to travel by air than by land? From safe air travel tips to air travel safety briefings during flights, it could be easily deduced that it is indeed a safer mode of transportation, despite being thousands of feet in the air. Still not convinced? Here are some reasons to persuade you to think otherwise. 1. Airplane design The world’s commercial airliners have accumulated an estimated number of one billion flight hours which provided the airline industry with records and a steady stream of information that is used to constantly improve the design of airplanes and engines. Today, manufacturers know what happens in the real flight scenario, which prompts refinements that may make a genuine difference in safety and design. 2. Airline technology Compared with your car’s latest technology, airline technology makes motor vehicles look like vessels from the Stone Age in comparison as technology on airplanes controls almost the entire flight. For instance, planes can detect turbulence and can predict the general behavior of the turbulence. Also, runway safety technology communicates between planes to warn pilots if there may be another incoming plane. These technological improvements control all aspects of flying and the responsibility of a pilot to steer a plane is almost obsolete. Most planes today feature electronic controls that have replaced outdated mechanical controls.  3. Rigorous pilot training Pilots go through rigorous training and certification processes. Many pilots are retired members of the Air Force plus, one must go to flight school and receive a pilot’s license. Most airline companies also require pilots to attend at least 2 years of college.  4....

Top-Paying Jobs in PH for 2017

Photo Credit: pixabay.com The next school year may pose several considerations for incoming college students, most importantly on which course to take and which of these would help him earn a top-paying job in the country. To guide you through this, the Bureau of Local Employment of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recently released their March 2017 issue of Labor Market Trends, which lists the top ten highest-paying jobs, which are as follows: 1. Pilots, navigators, and flight engineers Careers in aviation are often glamorous, which takes a lot of training just to get licensed and to get hired by a major airline. The monthly salary for these jobs could average at PhP 156,823 and could go as high as PhP 280,000.   2. Geologists working in construction This job, which includes geotechnical work and site investigation, is concerned with the analysis of earth material and the assessment of geological hazards. The average monthly salary for this job is at PhP 101,471.   3. Graphic Designers A graphic designer provides visual branding on a variety of products, such as websites, advertising materials, published materials, computer games, product packaging, corporate communications, corporate logos and the like. The average monthly salary for this job is at PhP 99,658.   4. Art Director This job is responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. They conceptualize the overall design and direct others, such as graphic artists, who develop artwork or layouts. The monthly salary for this job could go as high as PhP 76,612.   5. Industrial machinery mechanics and fitters...

Airline Safety Tips

Photo Credit: pixabay.com Whether it is your first time or your nth time in riding a plane, several airplane travel tips such as airline safety tips, or tips for airplane passengers should be always be kept in mind. In case you’ve forgotten, here are the basics. Study the passenger safety card thoroughly so that the information is fresh in your mind. Listen when the flight attendant gives the safety briefing. Know where the emergency exits are. It is best to count the rows between your seat and the exit row, so you could find it if the cabin gets dark or smoke-filled. Immediately locate the flotation device from your seat. In case of fire, bend down close to the floor and move away from the fire and smoke. Also, place a wet handkerchief over your nose and mouth to help you breathe better. Put your luggage in the overhead bin across the aisle from you so that you can see that no one is opening your luggage during the flight. The safest seating is on the exit aisle in the back of the airplane as it is usually farthest from impact and farthest from explosive fuel. Keep your seat belt fastened. Keeping the belt on when you are seated provides that extra protection you might need to help you avoid injuries when the plane experiences turbulence. Don’t bring any hazardous materials. The basic hazardous materials that are not allowed on the plane are gasoline, corrosives and poisonous gases unless they were allowed by the airline and stored in a proper container. Reduce alcohol intake. The atmosphere in an airliner cabin...

AISAT holds 4th commencement exercises

Davao City, April 2017—Asian International School Aeronautics and Technology or AISAT conducted its fourth Commencement Exercises in Maiz Hall, Homitori Dormitel, corner Bangoy St, Sta. Ana Avenue, Davao City on April 8, 2017. The event served as a culmination of the school year to recognize the students for their hard work and exemplary achievements, as well as, for the parents for their unwavering support to their children. AISAT had a total of 173 graduates for class 2017. The highest number of graduates was from the two-year Aircraft Maintenance Technology course, with 150 graduates, followed by the two-year Aviation Electronic Technology course, with 19 graduates, and two-year Hotel and Restaurant Services course, with four graduates. Two students bagged the second honor award, Chadrika E. Porol of Aviation Electronic Technology course and Kim R. Razonable of Aviation Maintenance Technology course, with a GWA of 93 and 91 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, Earl Vincent R. Malayao of Aviation Maintenance Technology course bagged the third honor with a GWA of 90 percent. AISAT’s Graduation Day was graced by Mr. Rhodel C. Esteban, General Manager of MacroAsia Catering Services (an affiliate of Lufthansa Technik Philippines), a Philippine-based company, which is the leading airline catering services company whose clientele includes well-known airline companies such as Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Etihad and Qatar Airways. He also served as the guest speaker for the event, where he gave inspiration to the graduates by sharing his success story. He encouraged the graduates that dreams can become reality if one strives hard and believes in oneself, and inspired them to never stop learning and exploring even after graduation....

What causes turbulence?

Photo Credit: pixabay.com When we say “turbulence,” some of the things that come to mind are coffee spills, disarranged luggage, barf bags and a bad case of nerves. But is the more important question is… Does it crash planes? Pilots will always keep their seat-belts fastened while seated on an aircraft and will usually advise you to do the same, most especially when it happens. So, is airplane turbulence dangerous? It is a nuisance for everyone on the plane, but it’s really quite normal; it is ordinarily seen as a convenience issue and not a safety issue at all. So it is not as dangerous, but what causes turbulence? Why does turbulence occur? In many cases, pilots know of turbulent conditions ahead and can turn on the seat-belt sign on as the plane approaches it. Pilots also have pre-flight weather reports, cockpit radar, and reports from other planes in the area to avoid it. There are different causes of turbulence and we shall enumerate them here one by one. 1. Wind If a turbulent air is present and the pilot flies through it, then the plane will most likely experience the disturbance. Turbulence close to the ground is often caused by heavy winds and stormy weather, which may pose a problem when taking off or landing. 2. Rising Air At higher altitudes, turbulence arises when air rises vertically – from low to high. If the air rises further, particles of moisture begin to form in it, creating clouds which will be seen in the weather radar as well as through the cockpit window. However, if the rising air is very dry,...

A Sneak Peek on Becoming an Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Photo Credit: pixabay.com Pilots and other flight crews are the workers you might immediately think about when you think about aircraft, but those people who work behind-the-scenes also play a very important role in keeping the plane safe and efficient. These lesser known workers are called aircraft maintenance technicians. So what do aircraft maintenance technicians do? Is there such a thing as an aircraft maintenance technician course? What are some tips on becoming an aircraft maintenance technician? These may be some questions that you may have right now and we will attempt to answer these for you. What do aircraft maintenance technicians do? An Aircraft Maintenance Technician’s duties typically include replacing and repairing of aircraft parts; assembling and installing electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories; diagnosing and repairing certain mechanical and electrical problems; testing and supporting performance standards and keeping records of all maintenance and repair work. They typically work outside, in hangars, in repair stations, on airfields. Aircraft Maintenance Technician Course This course is for you if you are more interested in the inner workings of the plane rather than the trip itself. This course focuses on mechanical, electrical, electronic and other science skills related to aircraft maintenance. It also emphasizes the repair of electrical and mechanical systems within aircraft. In the duration of your study, you will concentrate on a variety of topics related to hydraulics, fuels, environmental systems, engines, flight controls, landing gear systems, airframes, and structure. Becoming an Aircraft Maintenance Technician On becoming a technician, you could choose to go to college or a technical school to take this course, which could...

AISAT Senior high school students in ABS-CBN’s “Kapamilya Mas Winner Ka!”

Davao City, March 2017—Asian International School Aeronautics and Technology or AISAT   Senior High School Department, together with its students, visited ABS-CBN Davao’s local game show, “Kapamilya Mas Winner Ka!” on March 4, 2017, at ABS-CBN Davao’s studio in Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City. The Senior High School Students of AISAT were exposed to this event, in order for them to gain awareness of the nature of a specific television program, particularly game shows; to appreciate the task/s executed by each member of the production staff; as well as to participate in the realization of the program’s episode. AISAT, although known in the City for its aviation courses, is also known in providing other technical training, particularly in Information Technology, and in Digital and Multimedia Arts. This event, therefore, shall provide its Senior High School students a glimpse of their future profession, through exposure to real-world scenarios in television production. The first-ever visit of AISAT’s Senior High School students to ABS-CBN Davao’s studio was a success and is considered an important undertaking in increasing the awareness of interested and potential students of information technology, and multimedia arts, not only in Davao City but also in Davao Region. AISAT Senior high school students in ABS-CBN’s “Kapamilya Mas Winner Ka!” AISAT Bldg., Sta. Ana Avenue corner Leon Garcia St., Davao City, Philippines (082) 305 7992 /  (+63) 0947 778...

How to Become an Aircraft Mechanic

Photo Credit: via pixabay.com Planes, just like any other equipment or machinery, require periodic maintenance in order to ensure its safety and efficiency. The one who does this job is called an Aircraft Mechanic. They repair, replace, and maintain aircraft parts and components as well as perform maintenance and functional checks on various aircraft systems. To interest you further, some of the technical responsibilities of an aircraft mechanic include assembling and installing electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using appropriate tools; checking for any corrosion, distortion, or any defects in the plane’s body, such as the fuselage, wings, and tail, using appropriate inspection equipment; examining and inspecting several aircraft components, such as landing gear and hydraulic systems; trimming and shaping replacement body sections (if any) to fit its specific size; inspecting airframes for possible wear and tear; inspecting completed work to certify that the maintenance conducted on the aircraft meets the safety and operational standards; and servicing and maintaining aircraft and related apparatus by performing activities such as flushing crankcases, cleaning screens, and lubricating moving parts. So, how to become an aircraft mechanic? You could choose to go to college or a technical school to become a mechanic and apply for the course, upon completing high school. This course could take 12-24 months to complete if you only choose to be granted a Certificate of Completion in Aircraft Maintenance and be eligible to take a licensure exam with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). You may also choose to take the full four-year course and earn the Aircraft Maintenance degree. To be successful in...

Some Interesting Airplane Facts You Probably Don’t Know About

Photo credit: via pixabay.com You already know that planes fly and they take us to places, but do you know that there are some airplane facts you don’t know about? Read on for the five top interesting airplane facts from various sources (i.e., Reader’s Digest, DailyMail Online, Travel and Leisure and Fact Retriever).   The long, thin body of an aircraft is called the fuselage, and at the end of the fuselage is where the pilots man the plane, which is called the cockpit. Aircraft wings feature a shape called an airfoil which is designed to create lift as the plane moves through the air. As the airplane flies, the air pressure below and above the wings is different, which keeps the airplane airborne. This difference of pressure is termed as “lift.” The little hole in the airplane window is necessary to regulate cabin pressure. Airplane windows are made up of multiple panels, so the hole helps the middle panel from becoming stressed with pressure during flight. When a plane lands at night, cabin crews will dim the interior lights, since in the event that the landing goes badly and evacuating passengers will have their eyes already be adjusted to the darkness. White lines in the sky that follow the plane’s trail are called vapor trails or contrails, which is the result of fuel being burned; it produces carbon dioxide and water, which condenses into tiny droplets behind a plane in the air. The internet and on-line check-in was first used by Alaska Airlines in 1999. Airplanes are lightning-proof. There are about 200,000 flights airborne every day, across the world. The...

Davao PPL and Davao CPL Training for Dummies

In a Davao Aviation Course, you may encounter terms such as Davao CPL training or Davao PPL training. What do these terms mean? How are these related to aviation? What is the difference between the two training programs? The following shall answer your questions.